As a robust content management system, WordPress gets preference from bloggers, freelancers and eCommerce business owners.
Apart from being a popular and user friendly blogging platform, WordPress has many other benefits. It can be used in many unconventional ways. Just by adding some code or using some plugin(s) or both, we can use WordPress to create a membership website, eCommerce website and more.
However, if we start a membership site or an eCommerce website, we have to collect payment from the user or buyer. Is it possible to collect payment through WordPress sites? The answer is YES. One of the many benefits of WordPress is the ease with which it can be integrated with various payment platforms, enabling the buyer or user to pay on the site. In this article, let me share some of the best ways to collect payment using WordPress sites.
Important: This post goes through some of the best methods to collect payments in the simplest form. If you are interested in creating a full-fledge E-Commerce website have a look at our post regarding the Top 20 E-Commerce WordPress Plugins.
PayPal is the commonest option. It is one of the oldest online payment provider used by millions of buyers and sellers. You can collect donation and set up a shopping cart with PayPal. All the payments go into your account directly. Some plugins to help with PayPal and WordPress integration are:
- PayPal Donations: As the name suggests, this plugin can be used to accept donations. It is a simple-to-configure plugin that displays a ‘Donate’ button on the website, either through a widget or a shortcode.
- Get Shopped: This is a very popular eCommerce WordPress plugin with more than 2 million downloads. A wonderful plugin offering a suite of services needed to set up an eCommerce website or an online store. Though the free version of this plugin is fully functional, you may purchase various add ons to increase its functionality.
- WP Simple PayPal Shopping Cart: While the above plugin is a tad complicated, this is a simple one-click-pay kind of plugin. It gives the site an eCommerce facelift with its easily customizable settings.
- OrderStorm WordPress eCommerce: This eCommerce plugin suite is cloud-hosted PCI compliant shopping cart with an in-built CRM to manage extensive online orders and shipping. You can sell both digital and physical products.
All the above are the best ways to collect payment on your WordPress site via PayPal.
Selz WordPress Plugin
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If you’re looking for a method to sell digital products and services, I highly recommend Selz. All you need to do is create a free account and start selling. There are no monthly service charges. If you’re giving away services for free, even then Selz won’t charge you anything. You pay Selz 5% of every transaction plus 25 cents only when you make a sale. This is an awesome alternative to PayPal because of two reasons:
- PayPal charges high transaction fees.
- PayPal is inoperable or banned in many developing countries.
In contrast, Selz works everywhere. To collect payments on WordPress sites, simply install and configure the Selz eCommerce plugin. With their simple scripts, you can collect payments directly from Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
The checkout process on WordPress is super cool. The buyer doesn’t even need to leave the page during transaction. Everything happens on the same page and the buyer receives the digital product via email as soon as the transaction goes through. All the buyer details are visible from the Selz account dashboard. You can even integrate it with Aweber or MailChimp to sync customer emails directly with your email list. Payments received on the Selz account can be directly withdrawn to your bank account or to PayPal.
Google Wallet, a Google service, is primarily used by US bank account holders and it is acceptable on more than 160 countries. Users can make peer-to-peer transfers via Smartphones. Google Wallet can be used by the buyer to pay on WordPress sites. Like PayPal, all one needs is an email id and a Google Wallet account. Some plugins to help with Google Wallet and WordPress integration are:
- ClassiPress Google Checkout Gateway: If the WordPress site uses the ClassiPress theme, use this plugin to integrate Google Wallet.
- WP Invoice: A very useful plugin for freelancers. If you use WordPress to build client base or if you operate a WordPress-based client portal, this plugin is extremely useful. You can create, send and receive payments from within the WordPress dashboard. It supports Google Wallet, PayPal and Authorize.net.
Apart from a charge of 2.9% per transaction for sending money using credit or debit card, there are no additional charges for setting up Google Wallet account, sending money, processing and receiving money.
WordPress users can use Stripe to accept payments all over the world but currently, only businesses from US, UK, Canada and Ireland are supported. In other words, your business should be located within these four countries to make use of Stripe. Some plugins to help with Stripe and WordPress integration are:
- Gravity Forms + Stripe: If you already use Gravity Forms, use this plugin instead to receive payments via Stripe.
- Dig Labs Plugin: This is a premium WordPress plugin. It is an easily configurable plugin to receive payments with standard payment forms. You can place payment options on multiple places via their in-built hooks.
- WP Stripe: A plugin coded especially for WordPress sites running on donations. Donation buttons are added through either a shortcode or inserting it into the template.
With Stripe, it is possible to collect both debit and credit card payments via Visa, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Diners Club and JCB. Every successful transaction costs you 2.9% per transaction plus 30 cents as fees.
It is simple and easy to use these plugins and transform your WordPress site into a money making machine. Try and test few of them and use the ones that suit your business perfectly. Do you know any WordPress plugin (free or premium) which can be used to collect payment? Please share it with us.